The year of the Dragon is fifth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year has an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024.
According to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign comes around it is believed to be bad luck. It is called one’s Ben Ming Nian (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) life year’).
The Ben Ming Nian is a whole year of bad luck. Generally all aspects of your life, including love, health, career and finance, will not go well. Therefore “Dragons” should be more careful in years of the Dragon. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.
The next Dragon Year is 2024. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 10, 2024). Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign.
Among Chinese zodiac animals, the Dragon is the sole imaginary animal. The Dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although with an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. In ancient times, people thought that Dragons could control everything in the world with their character traits of dominance and ambition.
Gifted with innate courage, tenacity and intelligence, dragons are enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.
However, the dragon is sometimes regarded as aggressive, and angry dragons are not open to criticism. They don't consider themselves irritating and arrogant. Instead of following tradition, they strive for a smooth future.
Taking the hardworking nature of Dragons into consideration, they are healthy in general. They may be stressed and suffer from periodic tension, for they like to embrace challenges and take risks.
Older people born in a Dragon year should pay more attention to the liver and gall bladder, blood, intestines, and stomach, while middle-aged and young Dragons should take care of their skin.
Yoga or taking a walk is an effective way to keep healthy, as these activities can be good for the mind as well as the bodies of Dragons.
Dragons like to embrace challenges and take risks. Jobs that allow them to test themselves are good choices. Some good careers include: journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.
In the search for the ideal partner, dragons might find themselves often hesitating to move forward in a relationship and/or unwilling to make a permanent commitment. When they do, however, it is their intention for it to last. Dragons are likely to have a warm, giving personality. They can be very generous to their loved ones.
The overall fortune trend for those born in a Year of the Dragon is prosperous due to the lucky stars shining upon them and the vigorous yang element Dragons share with Monkeys, although they are destined to encounter some bad luck.
They can manage to overcome occasional setbacks and will turn misfortune into blessings through their continuous hard work.
Dragons will have an excellent performance if they are active and ambitious enough in their career, although they may encounter many personal disputes and obstructions from underhand people. They should never give up under any circumstances, or they will miss the opportunities available for those who get to them first.
They should keep an open mind when dealing with external and internal contradictions, and try their best to get more support and cooperation in order to make headway in their own work.
The best months for their career will fall in the third, seventh, and twelfth Chinese lunar months; therefore, they should seize these opportunities. They will also be vulnerable to lawsuits, so should pay special attention to contracts and keep away from bad friends in order to avoid them.
A good fortune trend will be hard to grasp for them, and they should not be greedy. They should know when it is best to avoid investing in the stock market and playing the lottery, or they will not gain anything.
The worst months for their career will fall in the second and ninth Chinese lunar months; therefore, they should be careful with their financial expenses and reduce their investments.
The lucky star will shine upon them in the third, seventh, and twelfth Chinese lunar months; therefore, they should actively seize any opportunities.
Dragons should strike a proper balance between work and rest, and must pay special attention to their diet, even though they will have good health in 2016. More rest should be taken after work, and they should never become overworked in order to avoid both physical and mental tiredness.
They should never eat too much, and should maintain a balanced diet each day instead. They should be alert in the eighth and eleventh Chinese lunar months due to the occurrence of accidents.
Dragons will have no time for relationships due to being occupied by their work and career throughout the year, even though they long for love. It is unlikely that they will fall in love even though they will have opportunities to date the opposite sex.
They will have more opportunities for romantic relationships at the end of the year; however, they will be brief. The worst months for them with regard to romantic relationships will fall in the third, fifth, and seventh Chinese lunar months.
They should never be self-centered and conceited, or they will lose the love and relationships they have with people.
Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within Chinese zodiac animals takes into account the characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Dragon with other animals.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that e.g. a Wood Dragon comes once in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dragons, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Dragon||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Dragon||1904, 1964||Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking good relationships|
|Fire Dragon||1916, 1976||Smart, unreliable, and easy-going|
|Earth Dragon||1928, 1988||Smart, ambitious, and hardworking|
|Gold Dragon||1940, 2000||Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions|
|Water Dragon||1952, 2012||Persevering, far-sighted, and vigorous|